HIGHLIGHTS: September 2018


Columbia University and IBM Establish New Center to Accelerate Innovation in Blockchain and Data Transparency

The new Center will explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies.
A team led by Professor Sam Sia has developed a simple, innovative method to directly convert white fat to brown fat outside the body and then reimplant it in a patient.
Using Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopy, a materials science team led by Professor Yuan Yang has directly observed ion transport in electrolytes, thereby illuminating three stages of dendrite growth in lithium batteries, and a strategy for mitigating it during two phases.
A team of researchers led by Cory Dean (physics, Columbia University) and James Hone (mechanical engineering), demonstrated a novel device structure that not only gives them unprecedented control over the angular orientation of 2D materials such as graphene in twisted-layer devices.


Led by Civil Engineering Professor Jacob Fish, the 13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (WCCM) of the International Association for Computational Mechanics brought together more than 3,200 experts to focus on simulation-driven innovation across fields such as health care, national security, extreme weather, and financial risk.
Professor and Senior Executive Vice Dean Shih-Fu Chang and Professor Kam W. Leong have been elected to the Academia Sinica of Taiwan. Open to scientists and scholars both domestic and overseas, election to the academy represents the highest scholarly honor in Taiwan.
This summer, Vasilis Fthenakis won a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies, as well as was honored with the 2018 William R. Cherry Award from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.


Columbia’s Knickerbocker Motorsports goes electric, as a new student team tackles the challenge of engineering a 600 lb EV racecar.
Hailing from 42 U.S. states and 33 countries, the 339 members of the Columbia Engineering Class of 2022 kick off their academic careers with a little advice from faculty and other accomplished Columbians.
For biomedical engineer Rachel Mintz '19, sound science stems from curiosity, passion, and creativity. Good science requires something extra--the ability to think critically about technology's tremendous power to shape society.



OCT 4: Columbia Engineering for Humanity Inaugural Lecture with
Kai-Fu Lee

Join Dean Mary C. Boyce for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, one of the world’s most respected experts on Artificial Intelligence. He will discuss his new book “A.I. Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order," on how China is now catching up to the United States in A.I., and how the coming changes to the employment and economic landscape will require an effective response from individuals and governments. Advance registration is required and we expect a sell-out crowd, so RSVP today!
OCT 20: Homecoming
All SEAS alumni and family members are invited to attend 2018 Homecoming at Baker Field. All Columbia alumni and their families are invited to the picnic under the big tent for an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet lunch, soft drinks, and admittance to the Columbia Homecoming Carnival. After the game, come celebrate with CEAA and CEYA at the Gould-Remmer Boathouse over light refreshments and beverages. Come for the camaraderie, but be sure to stay for the door prizes! For more details about the Picnic Lunch, Carnival, and Boathouse, click here. Game tickets may also be purchased at this link for $10.
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